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Presented by the Forum on Life, Culture & Society (FOLCS) at Touro College The Graduate (1967) is the focus of FOLCS’ next Virtual Film Club event. In line with our commitment to serving you during this time of crisis, in a new and exciting effort to bring you entertaining commentary on films we feel everyone should see and know about, we have launched FOLCS’ Conversations on Essential Cinema: A Virtual Film Club. Watch a classic movie and then hear a film critic or scholar discuss the film in an online Conversation. The Oscar-winning classic stars Dustin Hoffman in his breakout role as a college graduate who, in the midst of struggling to find his purpose and direction, has an affair with an older woman (Anne Bancroft). The film captures the confusion and uncertainty that characterized the youth of the 1960s, expressing the dark side of the counterculture movement. What do we "graduate to" when the foundations and mores of society are as superficial as "plastic"? The Graduate is a testament to the fear all generations share of getting older. It is a film rich enough to define the social upheavals of the '60s and still matter today. Monday, July 20, 8 PM EDT This event will be live-streamed through Zoom. Please register for details: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_p4LF_aPwRHmgCpPGs8aGHg Anne Bancroft's riveting performance as Mrs. Robinson is possibly the film's most enduring legacy in popular culture. We hope the discussion will touch on how the sex and gender attitudes reflected in the film were perceived and the ways in which those perceptions may have evolved fifty years later. Related: PREDATOR, PRISONER AND ROLE MODEL: The Evolving Figure of Mrs. Robinson by Rebecca Neumann: https://escholarship.org/content/qt186959sr/qt186959sr.pdf "Views on sexual relationships between older women and younger men in American society have changed significantly since the 1960’s. This shift is the result of cultural, political, scientific, and legal innovations in the intermittent years... Since the release of the 1967 film classic, The Graduate, the name ‘Mrs. Robinson’ has become synonymous with older women seducing younger men. However, the historical context produces her character as much as her actions, and the way society portrays women like Mrs. Robinson changes over time. Films and television shows simultaneously shape cultural norms while reflecting existing ones. Thus, depictions of real and fictional Mrs. Robinsons jointly figure her within a particular time period." The film can be rented on YouTube and iTunes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1eZjGhN8oo FOLCS will be joined by award-winning actor William Fichtner (Contact; The Perfect Storm; Black Hawk Down; CBS' Mom), for a Conversation on Monday, July 20. This event is produced in partnership with the New York Film Academy.